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Five Things for Friday

Hello my dear friends! This has been a hard week. In the ways that just shake you. More on that later.

Instead, let’s first share some things to make your weekend a little more special, adventurous and sweet.

One

What to read? Why not try an oldy but a goody.

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer.

If you’ve never read Georgette, now is the perfect time to curl up with her delightful Regencies and bask in her extraordinary wit and sublime romance. I adore The Grand Sophy–it is always the Heyer book I recommend people read first. But my favorite is The Foundling. You’ll have to read both and let me know.

Two

Did you know there is a graham cracker shortage? I’ve been trying to find them for a month. I have recipe that I wanted to make but needed graham crackers for the crust.

Well out of desperation (and a bit of inspiration) I grabbed up a bag of Teddy Grahams at the grocery store with the notion of “what the heck?”. Well, I will tell you that Teddy Grahams make a great substitute if you want to make a graham cracker crust, but be warned when you go to make it, there is always one Teddy who is going to know his fate.

Three

Looking for something to watch this weekend?–other than the second season of The Umbrella Academy?? We watched The Old Guard this week and I really enjoyed it.

It actually inspired me to consider a new word for my Bullet Journal and writing life: Purpose. We should all have purpose in what we do.

Of course that I found this in a comic book movie with a lot of violence, might say something about me, but if you are looking for an adventure with great characters, give it a watch on Netflix.

Four

Contest Winners!! A lot of you missed the contest in last week’s newsletter, but four lucky folks (Johanna L., Elaine M., Sandra M., and Stephanie F.) won download codes for the audio book of This Rake of Mine. I’ve got more codes to give away in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep a sharp eye out here, and if you didn’t get a chance last week, I’ve actually posted a contest for one last code for This Rake of Mine on my Facebook page–so you can enter there.

Five

If you were wondering what was the recipe that needed, nay, demanded graham crackers, it was this Key lime Pie. I made it for a small luncheon of friends (socially distanced and wearing masks). We’ve been friends for more than 30 years, and recently learned that one of our group has terminal cancer. We haven’t lunched together since February, so now it was critical that we not waste any time.

Best bit I can share with you this week: Love your friends, keep them as close as possible, reach out, and when you can find graham crackers or Teddy Grahams, make them this pie.

Photo credit: A Classic Twist

Have a great week. If your state is having a primary on Tuesday–Vote!! Please. And if you can, request an absentee ballot for the November election. I want you to stay safe!

Until next Friday,

Elizabeth

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Five Things for Friday

It’s Friday! Hurrah. We made it through another week. I hope your days have been bright and you have a weekend ahead full of things that make you smile.

Here are five things that have me grinning.

(One)

Mark your calendars: The Australian Romance Readers are putting on a virtual reader’s conference, A Romantic Rendezvous: Locked Down, August 1-2. So if you’ve ever wanted to go to a reader’s conference or go to Australia, here’s your chance–all from the comfort of your own home.

Take a look at the schedule, but just know I am not going to do the time zone math for you. LOL

The conference features over 50 sessions and 70 authors, including yours truly. You’ll find me I’m in a session with Cathy Maxwell and Lorraine Heath, two of my favorite people.

So mark your calendars and settle in with some snacks and enjoy.

(Two)

Giveaway!! This Rake of Mine is now available in audiobook and I have three downloads to give away.

All you have to do to enter is to send in an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and next Thursday, I’ll draw three names.

Rules: To use the download code, you will have to open a free account with Audiobooks.com, but after that you can listen away.

 

(Three)

Cabbage Ramen Salad. You know the one, that ends up at every potluck and picnic? But this one is truly the best ever Cabbage Ramen Salad.

The trick, it turns out, is in toasting the ramen, almonds and sesame seeds beforehand. Pure Magic.

Also, make a note to add the sesame seeds to the toasting pan in the last minute or so, because those little suckers cook fast. As in burn fast. Just saying.

We devour this salad. Plan for seconds and thirds.

 

Photo credit: Barefeet In The Kitchen

(Four)

Star Trek. I know that there has to be a few Star Trek geeks out there–of which I count myself one–who will love this beautiful documentary by Adam Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy’s son, looking at his father and iconic role as Spock.

For the Love of Spock is available to rent through Amazon Prime and other services and is so worth the viewing if you love Star Trek. Even if you don’t–it’s a great look back at the 60s and 70s.

Fun fact: I didn’t realize how much live theater Leonard Nimoy did.

(Five)

In case your tastes run more cultured or you just want to see something utterly lovely, here is the Swan Lake Bath, featuring 27 professional ballet dancers from around the world performing Swan Lake from their bath tubs and showers. It’s only three minutes long, so you don’t even have to worry about getting your opera house clothing in order.

 

Have a great week and hope you find something new and exciting that lights up your heart. Please feel free to share my newsletter with your friends or anyone you think might like a little bit of something new every Friday.

Best,

Elizabeth

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Five Things for Friday

Summer has finally arrived in Seattle. We never call it summer here until well after the 4th of July. But this week has been lovely and warm. And I keep hoping to catch sight of the Comet Neowise. I know, always with my to do list.

Also, some of you emailed me about last week’s recipe for Dutch Babies with questions about the pan. The recipe calls for a paella pan, but I have to confess, I make mine with a plain old cast iron skillet. As far as I can tell, any oven safe pan should work. Saturday breakfast, anyone?

So without further ado, here is this week’s list of Five Things.

(One)

Katherine Kingsley. Have you read her? Recently I saw someone post one of her books on Instagram and it was such a blast from the past. She’s one of those early romance writers who rose to fame in the 80s and early 90s and I LOVED her books. I was so inspired by them. I wanted to write these big, romantic books just like she did.

Not long after I sold my first book to Dell, I ended up seated next to her at a dinner. She was everything I thought she would be–amazing, interesting and just an outright character. She was an enchanting as her books.

So, what author got you hooked on romance novels, and have you met them?

(Two)

Granchester. I love British shows–but British mystery series are really, really, my jam. I had watched the first few years of Granchester with the dashing cleric, Sidney Chambers, and then recently–like last week–found two new seasons. I’ve been streaming it from PBS. A little history. A little mystery.

I also have a thing for Foyle’s War . . . and . . .

(Three)

I came to the end of a writing journal the other day. It is completely filled with my chicken scratched notes and scenes and a to do list (of course). And I went to get another one out of the closet and realized I was out of notebooks. What? Panicked, I had that moment of “what if I can’t get these any more?”

These being, the 8″ x 10″ Eccolo World Traveler Journals. I love these journals. The paper holds up. The notebook holds up. Here’s the one I just filled– it looks like its been through hell and back and still it is intact. And much loved.

Best journals ever. And happily, still available. So I ordered a bunch more. ‘Cause I got stories to write.

(Four)

It’s summer so that means the grill is on. Honestly, in Seattle, we grill year round, but summer grilling is my favorite. Less rain. And plenty of fresh corn on the cob. So when find good, fresh corn, and I know we will be grilling that night, I throw it on the grill just like this.

(Five)

I have two quotes on post-its that are on my computer that I read every morning before I start to write and they are:

Make a simple but profound change.

and

Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear. ~Isiah 50:4

I hope in this coming week you hear the words that guide you, and that you find an opportunity  to reach for change.

Until next Friday,

Elizabeth

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Five Things for Friday

Yikes! I absolutely forgot to send anything out last week. But in my defense, I had picked 50 lbs of strawberries and was, well, rather up to my ears in making jam. We now have all the jam. And strawberry preserves. Syrup. And sauce. LOL.

So that leads to me the first thing on my list this week. Which, no surprise, is food.

One

Dutch Babies. Which is a deceptive title, because they should be called really big popovers that pretend to be pancakes and happen to go well with . . . you guessed it, strawberries. I love making these for weekend breakfast and they are so amazingly easy to make. A dusting a powdered sugar and a healthy addition of strawberries (fresh or sauced) and you have the perfect start to your weekend.

Two

Ripped Bodice’s 4th Annual Summer Romance Bingo. This is all about reading and fun and games. I’m in. Download a board here, and then start reading. I’ve even done up a list of my books that might help fill in some squares. Just doing my part. I have two favorite squares: Meddling Matchmakers (Felicity Langley, anyone?) and Secret Identity (Sophia D’Artiers in Brazen Angel.) Find your faves and get reading.

You can also find ideas by following the hashtag #RippedBodiceBingo. I know, me and my hashtags.

Oh, and there are prizes. But I don’t think any of us need incentives to dive into a good romance. Am I right?

Three

Caroline Linden. Have you read her? She’s another of my faves who seems to fly under the radar and doesn’t get the attention she deserves. Well, she has a new series starting and the first book is out, About a Rogue, and I am dying to get my hands on my copy. I’ve got it on order and am rather impatiently waiting.

Have you read her books?

Four

Fold and Fly Paper Airplanes No, I haven’t been making paper airplanes when I should be writing. That would be wrong. Just really, really, wrong. But if you are looking for something to keep the kids (or kids at heart) busy, this page is too much fun.

Not that I would know from personal experience. No. Never.

Five

Hamilton. Yes, I know I am late to the game. But OMG, did I love finally getting to see this amazing production. It was movie night at the Boyle household (which means stovetop popcorn with M&Ms) and we all were mesmerized. Thus far the soundtrack has been on repeat and I’ve ordered the Chernow book, Alexander Hamilton, and My Dear Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray, because I am a complete history geek and must know more.

Until next Friday. Have a glorious weekend and a great week. Me? I’ll be writing. Not folding and flying airplanes. Promise.

Elizabeth

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Summer Romance Bingo

I love the Ripped Bodice’s annual Summer Romance Bingo! What a fun way to find new titles and authors and just, well, READ.

But I also love adding to people’s squares and TBRs, so might I suggest if you are looking for ways to fill the following squares, I’ve got you covered.

And don’t forget, Ripped Bodice will be more than happy to order you any of these titles by giving them a call, (424) 603-4776.

I’m on a Boat

Goodness, where to begin? You could start with Brazen Temptress, where Captain Maureen Hawthorne (Yes, a LADY pirate) is caught up in a traitorous plan to ruin her estranged husband. High seas high jinks ensue.
Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress
One Night of Passion finds Captain Colin Danvers run out of the Royal Navy and taking up as a privateer. But before he set sails, he attends the infamous Cyprian Ball and meets the woman who will change his life. Imagine his surprise when he rescues her off the coast of Italy. Along with another surprise…

Finally, if you want to see true love finally come to fruition after decades of lost chances, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress, gives Pippin her last chance to find her heart with her long lost beloved Captain Dashwell. Bring tissue.

Secret Identity

My backlist is riddled with spies and secret identities, but if we are going to go for a straight out, Scarlett Pimpernell sort of alter ego secret identity, might I suggest:Brazen Heiress

Brazen Angel, my first book (which could also be used for Debut Novel), was a straight out twist on the Scarlett Pimpernell. My heroine, Sophia D’Artiers, is determined to save her jailed family in France. The only thing standing in her way is her betrothed, The Marquess of Trahern, who is hunting the elusive thief and suspected spy, the Brazen Angel. Little does Trahern know, his sickly bride to be is one and the same.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Lily D’Artiers, agrees to pose as a French heiress to infiltrate Napoleon’s highest circles at the behest of the British government. But Lily has plans of her own and very soon finds them thwarted by the one British agent she’ll never be able to forget, Webb Dryden. (Brazen Heiress)

Title is a Pun

This Rake of Mine was featured in Writer’s Digest as a deceptive gardening book. Hint: There is very little gardening. It will also fill in nicely as yet another of my Secret Identity titles. But I happen to like the pun part. Be prepared to fall in love with Jack Tremont, rakiest of rakes. You have been warned.

Cover has a large piece of jewelry on it

How I Met My Countess
This necklace that Lucy Ellyson is wearing is too die for. And so is her hero, the Earl of Clifton. How I Met My Countess.

Debut Novel

While it works great for Secret Identity, it is also my debut novel, Brazen Angel. Here is the excerpt.

Meddling Matchmakers

The matchmaking game is on in Something About Emmaline. Baron Sedgewick has made up a wife to keep the matchmaking mothers away from his doorstep, but someone is on to his plan and has marital plans of her own. Something About Emmaline

I have an entire series about the meddlingest meddling of all matchmakers, Felicity Langley. (To see how she got her start: Love Letters from a Duke, which in a sense will also count.) Now the Duchess of Hollindrake, she’s out to see a trio of troublesome widows married off. Start with How I Met My Countess, Mad about the Duke, and finish with Lord Langley is Back in Town.

A Midsummer Ball

First of all, do not suggest another color for the Midsummer’s Eve Ball buntings. Lady Essex will never approve. They have always been lavender and always will be. But do plan on falling in love. Along Came a Duke.

Let the Summer Romance Bingo commence!

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Five Things for Friday

Happy Summer!! We might be at home, but I don’t mind. I have my garden, my patio and a head full of stories. I’m just fine with that. Go for a walk. Take a deep breath. Love those around you.

And . . .

(One)

Easy Kale Salad. This one is on replay every time I get enough kale in the garden to fill the salad bowl. This obsession began when I had this fabulous kale salad in New York in January, while having lunch with my agent. Wow, that seems like a world ago.

I loved that salad so much I went on a recipe hunt until I found one that hit every bite I remembered from that great lunch. I’ve made it with pistachios, pine nuts, whatever floats your boat or you have in the cupboard.

Come on, grow, little kale!!

(Two)

Menus. Speaking of eating (which by the way, I adore, if you haven’t noticed) I love making out weekly menus. This is why: saves me time on a random Friday night because I know we’re having Chicken Shwarma tonight–you know, the one from last week. It also gives me my shopping list for the week and then I only have to go to the store once. (Thank goodness!)

I start by looking through the freezer and the garden and decide what to make based on what we have, and then fill in with the things we love. I write down the list of meals in my bullet journal (as you can see, my menu is nothing elaborate) but oh, does it help.

Also, as I cook during the week, I might do prep for the next night as well, saving even more time.

If you don’t already, sit down this weekend and sketch out your week. Then let me know what your favorites are–I’m always looking for new recipes–hence the garden full of kale. LOL.

(Three)

MOD pizza. Okay, I do go out, and one that our family loves is MOD Pizza. I plug them everywhere and for one consistent reason: no matter where we go, every MOD we’ve ever been in, our son with autism has always been treated with grace and kindness. That goes a long way in our decision to eat there and our enthusiasm for their company.

Thank you.

(Four)

Surrey International Writers Conference. This, IMHO, is the best writer’s conference on the planet. Inclusive, kind, generous, open, and a fabulous place to find your writing peeps. This year they are taking the entire conference online. Yes, anyone can go now. No matter where you are.

Best of all, they’ve put up a sliding scale because they know times are hard for a lot of people and they didn’t want anyone to miss out because, well, times are hard. That’s one of the many reasons why I love this conference. Registration is now open, but it won’t be for long. This will sell out.

I’ll miss being there in person, but so happy and proud to be part of this conference.

(Five)

Again, My Lord. Time for some weekend reading!! This has to be my favorite book by the very talented Katharine Ashe. I love her books because they are smart, funny, and full of spirit.

This one is hilarious. A rift on Groundhog Day, the heroine has a chance to make things right with the man she loves and she fails over and over again. You just ache to have him realize how much he loves her.

If anything, read Again, My Lord, for the church bell scene. It never fails to crack me up. Literally.

If you haven’t read her, I know this story will make you laugh . . . and fall in love.

Until next Friday, have a glorious weekend, a beautiful week, and the sun shining upon you.

Elizabeth

 

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Five Things for Friday

One

My roses. First, there are the peonies, and then the roses. And the roses are glorious this year. I’ve been cutting them and giving them away and they just keep blooming.

So remember–the more you give away, the more you bloom.

Next up: the day lilies. I can’t wait to see what they have to say this year.

Two

We’ve been working our way through all kinds of movie series, but we’ve also been watching our fair share of documentaries of late. You can only watch Captain America so many times. (Just kidding, I can watch Chris Evans every day of the week). Here are two that we all watched intently: McMillions and 13th.

McMillions is a great who-done-it, looking into the McDonalds Monopoly game and how it was rigged and robbed in the 90s. Fascinating. Available on HBO.

13th is heart wrenching to watch but it gives you a very good understanding where a lot of the anger in the Black Lives Matter movement comes from. As a history major, it made me reexamine my own understanding of the Reconstruction period, the 13th Amendment and how laws have been put in place since then to feed a working prison system and how unevenly those laws have been applied. Available on Netflix.

 

If you have any documentaries you’d recommend, send them on to me.

Three

#RomanceCoversAs. I know, I’m addicted to fun hashtags. But this one is as fun as it gets.

If you have a Twitter account, go follow @JackieBarbosa or just follow her weekly hashtag #RomanceCoversAs. It is absolutely stunning what she does: she takes a theme or a person and then finds romance covers to go with that picture or theme.

Here is the one that tipped me off. Recognize it? See why I love it?

Four

Bellewether. Full disclosure, Susanna Kearsley is one of my dearest friends, and I absolutely love all her books, but this one has, in a funny way, had us thinking that we may be related in some distant way.

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of genealogy. My library unlocked a paywall during the pandemic and I’ve been going like gangbusters on my family history–only to discover that my ancestors were settled in the same region that Bellewether is set. We both come from lines of Royalists, who lived in the New York area and after the Revolutionary War, settled in New Brunswick. Incidentally, I’ve also found on the other side of my family tree, those who fought on the American side of things. Talk about conflicted.

If you haven’t already, do read Bellewether, it is a beautiful book of family and time.

Five

Dinner! Of course we have to have something to try this weekend and can I recommend this Chicken Shwarma! They call for baking it, but we grilled it and it was amazing. I also made flatbread to go with it and we devoured it all. You can thank my food adventurous oldest child who loves to cook for a number of these recipes. He has no fear trying something new. We could all learn a lesson there.

As always, let me know if you have read a great book, cooked something amazing or seen something that rocked your world. Sharing it what this Friday newsletter is all about.

Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth

Winner: The winner of the One Night of Passion audiobook giveaway was Lily C. Thank you to everyone who entered. And stay tuned–I’ll have another giveaway next week.

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Five Things for Friday

Friday came up too fast and I’m catching up this morning. But let’s see what I’ve got:

One

Celebrations. Life continues. But in the middle of this pandemic, I saw a woman coming out of the grocery store with this HUGE bouquet of balloons for a sex reveal and at first, I had this momentary panic over the risks, but then I stopped myself. Because we should be celebrate every day. In the past few months, in our own family–and probably yours–we’ve had birthdays, anniversaries, a graduation, an engagement, and babies born.

Here is my husband who, at a certain, ahem, age, decided to go back to college and get an EMBA degree. I couldn’t be prouder. And this week he graduated–via an online ceremony, but we cheered just as loud.

The photo is by my cousin, Robin L. Green–she’s a fabulous photographer, isn’t she?!

Don’t forget to celebrate however you can.

Two

Giveaway. A handful of my books are coming out in audiobooks in the next few months, and Tantor was nice enough to give me an audiobook of One Night of Passion to give to one of you.

To enter to win an audiobook of One Night of Passion send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required before midnight PDT, June 17, 2020.

Note: You will need an account with Audiobooks.com to access your prize.

Three

Books. The best part of sharing books with all of you is that you all turn around and share the books you are reading and here is one Susan G. sent me (clearly she knows me!) Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson.

A romance about a yarn shop, knitting and men?? Count me in.

I started it last night and love it. Thanks for the recommendation and keep them coming.

Four

Pets. Also on the celebration front, this week marks a year since we got our rescue pop, Jack. You’ll see lots of pictures of him over on my Instagram page and on Facebook, because I love this goofy dog so much. Here is my favorite picture of Jack and Pi sharing their true feelings for each other.

I have to thank the Texas based rescue, Big Dog Rescue Project, who brings unwanted or dumped puppies to the Pacific Northwest and up to New Jersey, and also has adoption and foster services in Texas. Check them out and see all the good work they do.

Can I get up on my soapbox and just say, #adoptdontshop?!  Pi and Jack endorse this hashtag…when they aren’t having a moment.

Five

Food. Or, what’s for dinner. Well, let me help with that. Here is one of my favorite, quick and easy meals–Easy One Pot Lasagna. I tend to write notes all over my recipies, and for this one, I add an extra half a cup of water to the recipe after you add the pasta–but I am also very generous with my pasta measuring. ;) We had this just the other day, and again, no pics because, well, we ate it all. Enjoy.

See you next week! Make sure to enter to win the audiobook of One Night of Passion. Click on the link to read an excerpt.

And keep those book recs coming!

Elizabeth

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Five Things for Friday

Thank you to all of you have written to me, sharing your books, recipes, ideas and what you’ve tried and liked here. Your notes and encouragement and friendly ‘howdies’ make my Fridays bright. And this week, wow! Couldn’t we all use just a little bit of bright and hope for the future?! I know we can get there if we work together.

I have one thing I really, really, beg you to do, and the other four are just for fun.

(One)


Vote. I don’t care who you vote for, (okay I do, but that isn’t up to me to decide, because, yes, we live in a democracy) but please VOTE in the upcoming elections. If you aren’t registered to vote, it is very easy to find out how at vote.gov. Just click and do it. And if your state allows vote by mail, sign up for that. We’ve had it here in Washington state for several years and it is easy and safe.

Heck, if the government trusts the US Mail to collect my taxes, they can trust the post office to deliver my vote. LOL.

(Two)

Bullet Journaling. We are living through historic times, and as someone who spends a lot of time reading old diaries and letters in archives, do know that your thoughts and comments on today’s events will be treasured by your family or some author digging through the archives decades from now.

I’ve been keeping my bullet journal for the last four years and love tucking in bits from my daily life (movie stubs, clippings from the paper, and pictures) along with the things that make the day memorable–the news, pandemic life, and even the mundane–like how many times I’ve had to replant my zucchinis.

Wretched snails.

If you’ve never tried Bullet Journaling I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to journaling. I am no artist and my book is a mess by most standards, but I adore it. Of course, once you’re hooked, you’ll need a journal and pens . . . and more pens. ;)

(Three)


Little Free Libraries/Pantries. I love my library. Like LOVE my library–it just got voted Library System of the Year. But with KCLS closed, I’ve missed having shelves to go peruse. Thank goodness my neighborhood has a lot of Little Free Libraries–where neighbors can share and exchange books. You can find your nearest registered library here.

Then folks took it one step further, because with all the need for food and household supplies, a number of our local Little Free Libraries have been converted to Pantries. If you need food, help yourself. If you have extra, do you mind sharing. Do you have one? Throw in a few cans of food and see how it goes.

In the meantime, when I take my daily walk, I try to take a book or a can of food with me to share along the way.

(Four)

Speaking of books, Mary H., wrote me about a lovely book she’d read, Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn, and I’m enjoying it as well. Best of all, you Bullet Journal junkies, the heroine is a calligrapher! So there’s lots of lettering love to be had.

What I find fun is the heroine’s joy in finding old lettering on buildings, which is something I’ve always been a big geek about. Here is a wonderful set of old advertisements/lettering from an old building in Evanston, WY.

By the way, one of these days I am going to do a Five Things I LOVE about Wyoming.

You. Are. Warned. Because it will end up being like 20-50.

(Five)

Dinner. Well I haven’t forgotten that! Here is another of the kid’s recipes that we end up devouring–Al’s Salty Chicken. Yum. This recipe is everything you want a roast chicken to be. Flavorful. Moist. And added bonus–roasted onions, which BTW are the best thing ever. And if there is anything left, or if it is only the carcass, throw it all in a pot the next day and you are on  your way to making  soup.

As always, if you have suggestions or ideas, post them or drop me a note! Until next Friday, go forth, wear your mask, find your voice, raise it high and share a good book.

 

 

 

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Five Things for Friday

Once again it is Friday–funny how that happens every week–and I am back with Five Things. Just five. Nothing unmanageable, and hopefully something that brightens your day, weekend, week. At least until next Friday. *snort*

(One)

Bloom. Let’s just get straight to the thing I love most as May creeps along into June–my peonies start blooming.

A number of these plants got started in my grandmother’s yard, who got them from her mother’s yard–do you see where this is going? My garden is my connection to my family in so many ways.

I especially love the peony plant I got from my aunt’s yard. I miss her terribly, but every year I feel her close at hand when her peony begins to bloom. It also reminds me that whatever happens, come late spring those flowers will bloom–a sign of hope and certainty for the future.

What is in your garden that you hold dear?

(Two)

Dinner. You know there has to be food here. Of course there is. The advantage of having all the guys home (have I mentioned I am quarantined in a house full of men?!) is that my oldest likes to cook. He’s a chip off the block and he brought home this recipe for Chicken Street Tacos. I can’t even tell you how much this has become our go to meal.

Best Tip: don’t neglect to make the sauce, because it now goes on everything around here.

Sorry no pictures. They never last long enough to photograph. But Chelsea’s site has some great photos of your next dinner.

(Three)

#stepbacksaturday. What? A hashtag? This might not seem like much of a thing, but it is. I love scrolling through all the posts on Saturdays. Yes, I know it is not a ‘Friday’ thing, but you can catch up today and then tomorrow will be full of new posts. Ha!

So hop over to Instagram, where a group of bloggers including one of my faves, @kristyb_readsromance, (not following her? You should.) post stepbacks from their favorite romance novels on, well, you guessed it, Saturdays, and then ask you to figure out which book the stepback belongs to.

Recognize this one?

If anything, I love seeing all the pretty stepbacks and realized that despite how wonderful it is to download a book in an instant, we lose the beauty of a wonderfully romantic stepback!

(Four)

His Majesty’s Dragon. Yes, dragons. In case you haven’t had your daily requirements lately, here is a fun series by Naomi Novik that follows the adventures of Temeraire and his human companion, Captain Will Laurence, as they fight in the Napoleonic wars.

Now you see why I loved it–the Regency with dragons. With dragons. It truly needed to be said twice.

And it’s a series. So more dragons. And all things Regency. And Captain Will Laurence. You see where I am going here…

 

(Five)

Facemask. I spent a Saturday sewing these for my family and friends. (Including Nicole from last week!) This is an easy pattern and makes a good fitting mask for all the sizes in your family. When I ran out of fabric, I made more from an old shirt that I no longer wore, and if you can’t get elastic, you can make Tarn–which is yarn from an old t-shirt.

And if you are wondering–the bit of bias tape (the black thing at the top) is a sleeve where I put a twist tie from the grocery store to make the mask bendy so it would better fit to my nose.

Nothing says love like a gift that says “I want you around forever.” And BTW, you are all essential to me.

Have a great weekend and week and see you–you guessed it–next Friday.

 

~Elizabeth

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